DocuClub NY: Denial

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St NYC

Doors 6:30pm

co-presented with IDA

Please join us for the revival of DocuClub, which will now be a bi-monthly collaboration between IDA and DCTV. This works-in-progress screening series offers the public and members of the film community advance access to new documentaries in progress, and the opportunity to provide feedback and to participate in behind-the-scenes conversation with filmmakers and creators.

We will kick off with a work-in-progress screening of Denial and be joined by Director Derek Hallquist and Producers Aaron Woolf and Christopher St. John for a lively interactive discussion.

The Film

Derek Hallquist is an earnest young filmmaker who wants to get to the bottom of the energy debate. How is the world going to become a truly responsible consumer of energy? Is it even possible? While searching for answers to these burning questions, Derek decides to make a film about power and the ways it is generated, transmitted, consumed, and misused. He is motivated by the incredible access he has through his father, David, the CEO of a Vermont electric utility and a growing presence on the national energy scene. David is obsessed with transforming the very foundation of power distribution in the United States… the Grid, an outdated and incredibly inefficient means of delivering energy. Together, father and son film at coal plants, walk through wind farms, visit Congress, and reveal fundamental flaws in America's energy system. But what begins as a straightforward exploration of energy use and abuse is soon derailed by a staggering family secret, one that forces Derek and David to turn their attention towards a much more personal crisis.

Denial tackles two of today's most controversial and topical issues, at first glance seem miles apart, but ultimately united by the struggles of one man confronting problems everyone else would rather ignore. With stunning access to intimate family moments and behind-the-scenes energy deals, and with unique humor in the face of overwhelming events, Denial manages to present an important topic through a funny, informational, and enormously compelling personal narrative.

Derek Hallquist, Director has been behind the camera his entire adult life. A go-to shooter for filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, Derek was Director of Photography for The House I Live In, which won the 2012 Grand Jury Prize for Documentary and aired on Independent Lens. He also shot extensively for Reagan, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and won an Emmy Award. Derek began his professional career on a number of television shows, including programs for Discovery, the Travel Channel and TLC. He was Director of Photography on the show My First Home for its debut season. Derek’s production company, Green River Pictures, LLC, in 2011 released his short documentary The Opiate Effect, which has been shown in over 50 schools and used in Rehab Clinics around the nation. Denial is Derek’s first feature film as director.

Aaron Woolf, Producer received a master’s in film at the University of Iowa, but got the bulk of his education working in the field in Lima, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and New York. In 2000, Aaron directed Greener Grass: Cuba, Baseball, and the United States, a WNET-ITVS co-production that received a Rockie Award and aired nationally on PBS. In 2003, Aaron directed Dying to Leave: The Global Face of Human Trafficking and Smuggling, which won an Australian Logie Award and a Rockie nomination, aired on the PBS series Wide Angle, and was presented at the State Department and the United Nations. Aaron is the founder of Mosaic Films Incorporated and an avid mountaineer.

Christopher St. John, Producer is a producer and journalist with broad experience in print, broadcast, and documentary film. He produced (T)ERROR, a film about confidential informants in the war on terror that premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He also produced The House I Live In, about America’s war on drugs, which won the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for documentary, co-produced Reagan, for which he won an Emmy, and Freakonomics, based upon the best-selling book. Christopher began his career in production at ABC News, working for Good Morning America before moving to the News Magazine division, where he contributed extensively to 20/20 and Primetime. In an earlier life, he worked as a reporter in Southeast Asia for a number of international publications.


Doors open at 6:30pm along with a wine and cheese reception. Screening followed by a moderated feedback discussion with the filmmakers, 7-10pm. Admission not guaranteed, all RSVP's are first-come, first-served.

This event is a part of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community.